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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: You Win Some, You Lose Some

The Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in men’s lacrosse, baseball, softball, women’s tennis, and women’s basketball.

Mario Lucia & the Irish hockey team wrapped up their season in St. Paul on Saturday with a hard-fought OT loss to St. Cloud State.
Mario Lucia & the Irish hockey team wrapped up their season in St. Paul on Saturday with a hard-fought OT loss to St. Cloud State.
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Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups.


No. 9 Irish hockey (23-15-2, 12-11-2) closed out their season in the West Regional of the NCAA Tournament this past Saturday in St. Paul. Notre Dame took a hard-fought 4-3 loss in overtime to no. 8 St. Cloud State. St. Cloud State ended Notre Dame's NCAA tournament play in last year's regional, as well. The Irish came from behind 3 times before allowing the 4th, game-winning goal at 17:21 of the 1st overtime period. Sunday night, St. Cloud State fell to no. 2 Minnesota, 4-0.

First Down Moses has a full recap of the season-ender for you right here.


The men's swimming & diving squad (7-5-1) placed 30th overall at the NCAA Championships in Austin this past weekend. Senior Frank Dyer re-set his own school record in the 500 freestyle (4:17.13) and finished 5th overall in the 200 freestyle finals (1:33.43). Irish swimmers and divers earned top-25 finishes in the finals of the 200 butterfly, 400 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay, and diving. Congratulations to Irish men's swimming & diving for a strong season.


No. 7 men's lacrosse (4-3) split their last week's matches, first overpowering Ohio State in Columbus, 13-7, behind Ryan Kavanagh's school record-tying 7 goals. Paul Rigney has a recap of the game here, along with a lesson in riding.

Last Saturday, the Irish fell to no. 10 Syracuse, 11-10, in a disappointing showing at the Carrier Dome. Paul has a recap up for you of the match, along with break downs of what went wrong for the Irish, here.

This Saturday, the Irish face Duke at home (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU).

No. 6 women's lacrosse (7-3) suffered a close upset this past week at the hands of no. 11 Stanford, 11-10.

This Saturday, the Irish welcome Virginia (3:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3).


Baseball (8-14) went 1-3 last week, earning a 4-1 win over Valparaiso before fighting to a 1-0 loss at Wake Forest and dropping their Sunday double-header vs. the Demon Deacons, 10-2 and 7-5.

Highlights from the win over Valparaiso:

And from their match with Wake Forest:

The Irish face Valparaiso again this Tuesday (8:05 p.m. ET, WatchND). Friday, Notre Dame travels to Tallahassee to open their series vs. Florida State (6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3). They play the Seminoles again Saturday (6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3) and Sunday (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU).


No. 24/25 Irish softball (20-9, 3-5) has had poor luck with weather over the past 2 weekends. Though their weekend series with Syracuse was cancelled, the Irish earned a big win over Eastern Michigan, 12-2, this past week.

This Tuesday, the Irish will welcome Ball State (4:00 p.m. ET, WatchND), then Michigan State on Wednesday. Friday, the Irish play DePaul in Chicago.


The no. 9 men's tennis squad (13-7) dropped both their weekend matches, first losing to no. 14 Duke, 4-3, before falling to no. 8 North Carolina, 5-2.

Next for the Irish is a visit to Wake Forest this Friday, then a match with North Carolina State on Sunday.

No. 24 women's tennis (10-8) had a great weekend, sweeping both Marquette and no. 70 Wake Forest, 7-0.

The Irish will face Maryland this Friday afternoon, then Pittsburgh on Sunday.


The men's golf team finished 13th at the Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio and ND's Niall Platt finished in a tie for 12th overall. Next up for the Irish is the Irish Creek Collegiate in NC this weekend.

The women's team was idle this past week and next heads to the Rebel Intercollegiate this weekend in Oxford, MS.


Notre Dame's track & field team began the outdoor season this week in Austin at the Texas Relays and in Houston at the Victor Lopez Invitational. For a full list of the many top-10 finishes earned by the Irish in both track and field events, see's coverage here.

Up next for the Irish is the Stanford Invitational this weekend in CA.


No. 2 women's basketball (36-0) earned huge wins in the rounds of 16 and 8 of the NCAA Tournament this past week. In games hosted at Notre Dame, the Irish first claimed an 89-72 victory over no. 21/18 Oklahoma State.

Monday night, they toppled recent-thorn-in-the-side no. 5/6 Baylor, 88-69. Alstein will have a full recap for you shortly.

Highlights from the Elite 8 victory over Baylor:

The Irish now advance to the Final Four. They'll face the winner of Louisville-Maryland in Nashville on Sunday night (TBA, ESPN).


We'll bring you updates next week on Notre Dame's Olympic sports. For now, go Irish. Beat everybody.